NHPR's New Series To Foster Monthly Statewide Conversation On Big Issues Of Our Time

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New Hampshire Public Radio Laura Knoy to host a special discussion of relevant and timeless questions

New Hampshire Public Radio will broadcast a new nine part series between August 2009 and May 2010 to explore the big issues of our time, and start a conversation on relevant ethics and ideas with a significance to New Hampshire and world. Using Socratic dialogue as a premise for discussion, host Laura Knoy and guests Nick Smith and Max Latona will facilitate discussions with listeners both online and on the air during live broadcasts. Both Smith and Latona are professors of philosophy. Each month NHPR will select a discussion topic and poses a question online. Listeners are then invited to be part of the dialogue tackling these BIG questions by posting comments, calling in, and occasionally joining in person in a live audience.

NHPR President and CEO Betsy Gardella explains, "From cloning to religious expression to censorship, people have faced common challenges for centuries and not found easy answers. The idea of a Socratic exchange is to bring people with different backgrounds together to explore ideas and experiences. It's learning through questions and dialog. Socrates Exchange continues NHPR's commitment to its mission of helping to create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national and worldwide events, ideas and culture."

The schedule and topics to date include:

  •     September 25th: Should gender matter? Broadcast with a live audience from NHPR's studios in Concord, NH
  •     October - Are individual rights more important than the common good?
  •     November - Has technology helped or hurt us?
  •     December/January - Is there one true religion?
  •     February - Should animals have rights?
  •     March - Is censorship ever acceptable?
  •     April - Are there ethical limits to biotechnology/cloning/genetic engineering?
  •     May/June - Is ever right to do what is wrong?

To make reservations to join a live audience or to participate online visit http://www.nhpr.org/special/socratesexchange.

Laura Knoy is the host of NHPR's award-winning morning show The Exchange. Laura is well known in New Hampshire for her in-depth coverage of important issues and is widely regarded for her interviews with presidential hopefuls. Prior to hosting The Exchange, Laura worked in public radio in Washington, D.C. as a local reporter and announcer for WAMU and as a newscaster for NPR. Before her radio career, she was a researcher for USA Today's "Money" section, and a research assistant at the Institute for International Economics. Laura occasionally guest hosts national programs such as The Diane Rehm Show and Here and Now. In 2007 Laura was named New Hampshire Broadcaster of the Year by the New Hampshire Association of Broadcasters.

Nick Smith is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of New Hampshire. Max Latona is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Anselm College.

Socrates Exchange is made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council and support from Bank of America

About NHPR
NHPR serves more than 160,000 listeners each week through a network of eleven full power stations and low power translators. NHPR is the only statewide source of radio news, information, and entertainment for the Granite State, offering in-depth reporting of the issues facing New Hampshire residents. Socrates Exchange continues NHPR's commitment to its mission of helping to create a more informed public, one challenged and enriched by a deeper understanding and appreciation of state, national and worldwide events, ideas and culture.

NHPR broadcasts in Colebrook at 105.9 FM, Concord/Manchester at 89.1 FM, Nashua at 88.3 FM, Keene/Southwest NH 90.7 FM, Hanover/Upper Valley/Littleton at 91.3 FM, Plymouth at 97.3 FM, Berlin/North Conway at 107.1 FM, Jackson/Mt. Washington Valley 99.5 FM, Portsmouth at 103.9 FM, Dover at 104.3 FM, and on the Internet at http://www.nhpr.org.

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